Arts out west meets

Representatives from the arts and crafts communities of Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes shires met at Condobolin Community Centre for an Arts OutWest network meetingArts OutWest held a network meeting with various arts and crafts community representatives from Lachlan, Parkes and Forbes shires earlier this week at the Condobolin Community Centre.
The meeting, called ‘Crafting the Lachlan’, was held in order to facilitate new ideas to help promote community arts programs around the three shires.
The meeting had a particular emphasis on encouraging tourism based on the “interesting and special” artwork of the people who live in the Central West.
Tracey Callinan, Executive Officer of Arts OutWest, said the meeting aimed to bring together people with similar interests in arts and crafts and to share ideas.
“We’re trying to make plans about how to develop various community arts initiatives,” she said.
“At the moment we’re putting together a brochure which will include a map of the different places people can visit in the region.
“The project is important because discovering the different arts and crafts projects in a region can really help to show people what makes a place special.”
Tracey said her place in the discussion forum was to help facilitate the business side of arts projects.
“Some of the places have really great venues but the community needs help finding ways to promote them,” she said.
“The ideas at this meeting are coming from the people; we’re just helping to facilitate them.”
Anyone interested in taking part in Arts OutWest meetings can contact the organisation on the web at www.artsoutwest.org.au or contact Heather Blackley at Western Plains Regional Development on 6895 3301.

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